Friday, June 22, 2018
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Hollywood or Bollywood? A head-to-head comparison

With the International Indian Film Academy's 15th annual Weekend & Awards, aka, Bollywood heading to Tampa later in April, we decided to look for key similarities and/or differences between Bollywood and Hollywood.

For starters, Bollywood is a term that describes a fraction of the film culture in India; Hollywood is a place — a neighborhood in Los Angeles — that is home to the U.S. movie industry.

The other big difference, and it's a notable one: IIFA is much more inclusive, giving ordinary people access to an event seen around the world. Here's how they stack up.

How much does it cost to attend?

Bollywood: The price of individual tickets have not been released, but top-shelf packages are available from $10,000 to $25,000.

Hollywood: Want to go the Oscars? Forget about it. Only 3,401 lucky attendees have access to the coveted seats, which are issued by invitation only.

Can I get in?

Bollywood: It depends on how fast tickets go. When the event was held in Toronto, 18,000 tickets sold out in fewer than 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in Tampa, organizers are expecting 30,000 visitors and a change of venue has already been made from the Tampa Bay Times Forum to Raymond James Stadium.

Hollywood: There are actually 150 people chosen each year to sit next to Hollywood's biggest stars, in the first few rows during the Oscars. This is so the cameras don't show empty seats left by presenters and winners. It's too late to get in this year, but if you want to apply, fill out an online application at: oscars.org. If you don't get picked as a seat filler, apply for the bleacher seats and see the stars as they arrive dressed to impress on the red carpet.

Where is it held?

Bollywood: The awards are held in a different country each year. Since 2001, Bollywood has been held at locations across the globe, including Sun City, South Africa, Singapore, Dubai, Yorkshire, England, Bangkok, Toronto and, later this year, in Tampa.

Hollywood: The Academy Awards have been held in the same venue — Dolby Theatre, formerly the Kodak Theatre, in Los Angeles — for the last 12 years.

Where to see the celebrities

Bollywood: On the green carpet at Raymond James Stadium.

Hollywood: On the red carpet in front of Dolby Theatre.

Audience capacity

Bollywood: Seat availability varies per location. When the event comes to Tampa, there will be 30,000 seats at Raymond James Stadium.

Hollywood: Dolby Theatre is limited to 3,300 seats.

Feeding the masses

Bollywood: The good news: Your upper-level ticket gets you access to a buffet during the three-day event.

Hollywood: Sorry, you'll have to crash this event (good luck with that). But here's some of what you'd munch on (from 2013 menu created by Wolfgang Puck): Mini Kobe burgers, spicy tuna tartare, shrimp fritters, vegetable spring rolls, sushi and shellfish station, and assorted pizzas.

Sandra J. Gadsden can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter at @StPeteSandi.

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